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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 24th Of February, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – February 24, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President and the Vice President will deliver remarks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room. The remarks are pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss drought and wildfires. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.

 

 

Monday, February 24 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: The President and Vice President deliver remarks to the National Governors Association, State Dining Room.

 

1:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

1:45 PM: The President meets with governors of Western States, The Situation Room.

 

2:30 PM: The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

State Dining Room last night before the Governors Ball (White House Official Photo: Pete Souza)

State Dining Room last night before the Governors Ball (White House Official Photo: Pete Souza)

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

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On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to theMinneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Rep. John Lewis is a Southerner for the Freedom to Marry

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

In this video sharing why he supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says “I fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up – and speak up – against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. I see the right to marriage as a civil rights issue.”

 

 

 

Susan Rice Meet The Press Full Interview 2/23/14

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

Susan Rice meet the press. The latest view from the White House on foreign policy with National Security Adviser Susan Rice; including recent clashes in the Ukraine, the dynamic between Presidents Putin and Obama, and America’s relationship with Russia.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at the National Governors Association Dinner

 

President Obama Speaks to National Governors Association

February 23, 2014 | 6:25 |Public Domain

 

President Obama speaks to the National Governors Association.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks Before a Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a meeting with Democratic governors at White House to discuss several issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies, including raising the minimum wage. February 21, 2014.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

 

 

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

 

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

 

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

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The President Isn’t Sitting Still

 

Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Bets on Team USA, the First Lady Visits Jimmy Fallon, and More

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

 

 

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February 23rd, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2013-4 Governors Dinner

President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2014 Governors Dinner

@GovChristie skipped 2014 Governors’ Dinner At The White House. He needs 2 skip a few more dinners.

@GovChristie skipped 2014 Governors’ Dinner At The White House. He needs 2 skip a few more dinners.

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Statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi

Statue of James Meredith at the University of Mississippi

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The VP dropped by a meeting with governors at the WH today to discuss the President’s call to #RaiseTheWage

The VP dropped by a meeting with governors at the White House  to discuss the President’s call to #RaiseTheWage

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Pete Souza: POTUS meets with The Dalai Lama

On March 18th, 2014, President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

On March 18th, 2014, President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens at a bilateral meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto at the El Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico before the start of the North American Leaders Summit  in Toluca, Mexico,

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens at a bilateral meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at the El Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico before the start of the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico,

 

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.  We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal.  The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future.  We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.  We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.

 

We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine’s constitution and through its institutions of government.  Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine.  Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.

 

 

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It’s Barack’s World™ ♥


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule For The Weekend

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

 

On Sunday, the President and the First Lady will welcome the National Governors Association to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. There will be pool coverage for remarks.

 

7:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host the 2014 Governors’ Dinner; THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend, State Dining Room.

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to theMinneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

Susan Rice Meet The Press Full Interview 2/23/14

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

Susan Rice meet the press. The latest view from the White House on foreign policy with National Security Adviser Susan Rice; including recent clashes in the Ukraine, the dynamic between Presidents Putin and Obama, and America’s relationship with Russia.

 

 

 

How will President Obama confront the latest unrest in Ukraine? Are sanctions enough? Plus, debates on economic inequality and the 2014 midterm race rage on — what does it all mean?

 

The roundtable will break it all down, plus the week in politics: New York Times columnist David Brooks, New York Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff and Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” Chris Matthews.

 

 

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Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Congreso Debe Subir el Salario Mínimo

February 22, 2014 | 3:46 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses. El Presidente cree que aquí en los Estados Unidos, nadie que trabaje duro debería vivir en la pobreza. Y todos los que trabajan duro deberían tener la oportunidad de salir adelante.

 

 

 

A Year of Action: Pursuing Opportunity for All

 

Published on Feb 8, 2014

President Obama is not waiting for Congress and is taking steps to use his executive authority to expand opportunity and level the playing field for middle-class Americans.

 

 

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Responding to the Situation in Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

February 22, 2014

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.  We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal.  The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future.  We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.  We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.

 

We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine’s constitution and through its institutions of government.  Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine.  Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.

 

 

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin today to discuss Ukraine and a range of other global issues.  On Ukraine, they exchanged views on the need to implement quickly the political agreement reached today in Kyiv, the importance of stabilizing the economic situation and undertaking necessary reforms, and the need for all sides to refrain from further violence.  They also spoke about the situation in Syria, including the importance of efforts to advance a political solution, concerns over the humanitarian crisis and the necessity of a strong UN Security Council resolution on the issue, and the need for the Assad regime to adhere to its commitment to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.  In addition, they discussed U.S.-Russian cooperation in the P5+1 process on Iran.  The President also congratulated Russia on its hosting of the Olympic games.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

Statement by the Press Secretary on S.J. Res. 28 and S.J. Res. 29

 

On Friday, February 21, 2014, the President signed into law:

 

S.J. Res. 28, which appoints John M. Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; and

 

S.J. Res. 29, which appoints Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: the President Bets on Team USA, the First Lady Visits Jimmy Fallon, and More

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

 

We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month

 

Get Covered: An Assist from Mayor Kevin Johnson

 

West Wing Week 02/21/14 or “Don’t Make Small Plans, Make Big Plans”

 

Celebrating Black History Month, The Black History Moment Series #23: Bayard Rustin. Civil Rights Warrior. Gay Black Man.

 

From The Blog…. It Is What It Is, Dr. Rex: UGANDA Signs The Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

 

President Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To These 24 Overlooked Minority Service Members.

 

TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri: We’re ALL Ovah The Place.

 

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Visits NBC’s “The Tonight Show” With Jimmy Fallon

 

 

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Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series, #1 thru #23….

 

In Case You Missed This Series….Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series.

 

 

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AP: Venezuelan Government Cuts Internet Access, Blocks Websites In War Against Student Protesters

AP: Venezuelan Government Cuts Internet Access, Blocks Websites In War Against Student Protesters

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Letter From The President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The President Pro Tempore Of The Senate


 

By Jueseppi B.

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A Letter From The President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The President Pro Tempore Of The Senate

December 22, 2013

 

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
In my report to the Congress of December 19, 2013, I provided information on the deployment of U.S. forces to support the security of U.S. personnel and our Embassy in South Sudan. I am providing this additional report, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), to help ensure that the Congress is kept fully informed on U.S. military activities in South Sudan.

 

On December 21, 2013, approximately 46 additional U.S. military personnel deployed by military aircraft to the area of Bor, South Sudan, to conduct an operation to evacuate U.S. citizens and personnel. After the aircraft came under fire as they approached Bor, the operation was curtailed due to security considerations, and the aircraft and all military personnel onboard departed South Sudan without completing the evacuation.

 
The purpose of this operation was to protect U.S. citizens, personnel, and property. As I monitor the situation in South Sudan, I may take further action to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel, and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan.

 

This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

 
I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.

 

Sincerely,
BARACK OBAMA

 

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Statement by the President on South Sudan

In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people.  In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history.

Today, that future is at risk.  South Sudan stands at the precipice.  Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  South Sudan has a choice.  Its leaders can end the violence and work to resolve tensions peacefully and democratically.  Fighting to settle political scores or to destabilize the government must stop immediately.  Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease.  All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbors, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.  South Sudan’s leaders must recognize that compromise with one’s political enemy is difficult; but recovering from unchecked violence and unleashed hatred will prove much harder.

 

Too much blood has been spilled and too many lives have been lost to allow South Sudan’s moment of hope and opportunity to slip from its grasp.  Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, to reaffirm their commitment to peace, to unity, and to a better future for their people.  The United States will remain a steady partner of the South Sudanese people as they seek the security and prosperity they deserve.

 

Urging Peace In South Sudan

 

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The Evacuation Of The Sudan


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Readout of President Obama’s Updates on South Sudan

Last night, upon landing in Hawaii, President Obama was updated on Air Force One on the status of the four American service members who were wounded attempting to evacuate American citizens in Bor, South Sudan. He directed his national security team to ensure the safety of our military personnel, and to continue to work with the United Nations to evacuate our citizens from Bor.

 

This morning, following a meeting of his national security principals that was led by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, President Obama participated in a secure call with Ambassador Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and Senior Director for African Affairs Grant Harris to update him on the situation in South Sudan. The President was briefed on the status of our military personnel, and the safety of our citizens in Bor and U.S. personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Juba. The President was pleased that our service members are in stable condition, and reaffirmed the importance of continuing to work with the United Nations to secure our citizens in Bor. He underscored that South Sudan’s leaders have a responsibility to support our efforts to secure American personnel and citizens in Juba and Bor.

 

More broadly, the President underscored the urgency of helping to support efforts to resolve the differences within South Sudan through dialogue. South Sudan’s leaders must know that continued violence will endanger the people of South Sudan and the hard-earned progress of independence. This conflict can only be resolved peacefully through negotiations. Any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community.

 

President Obama expressed his deep appreciation for the work of our military and civilians who are operating in difficult circumstances in South Sudan and directed his team to continue to update him going forward.

 

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From Reuters:

 

U.S. citizens evacuated from Bor to Juba, South Sudan: State Department

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. citizens were safely evacuated on Sunday from Bor, South Sudan, to Juba, the State Department said as fears grew of an all-out ethnic civil war in the landlocked African country.

 

“This morning, the United States – in coordination with the United Nations and in consultation with the South Sudanese government – safely evacuated American citizens from Bor, South Sudan. U.S. citizens and citizens from our partner nations were flown from Bor to Juba on U.N. and U.S. civilian helicopters,” the statement said.

 

The department did not specify how many Americans were taken to Juba on Sunday, a day after three U.S. aircraft came under fire from unidentified forces while attempting an evacuation.

 

But overall about 380 U.S. officials and private citizens have been moved out of South Sudan, the State Department said. It said it also flew about 300 citizens of other countries to Nairobi and other locations outside South Sudan on four chartered flights and five military aircraft.

 

“The U.S. government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of United States citizens in South Sudan,” said the statement by Jen Psaki, the department’s spokesperson.

 

It said the United States and the United Nations had taken steps to ensure fighting factions were aware that the evacuation flights were on a humanitarian mission.

 

The U.S. military said four of its members were wounded in the attacks on Saturday when the U.S. aircraft came under fire while trying to evacuate Americans from the conflict.

 

The United Nations says hundreds of people have been killed in the conflict.

 

(Reporting By Susan Cornwell; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

 

A United Nations photo shows a woman carrying a baby as people are transported from Bor to Juba on Dec. 22. (Photo: Rolla Hinedi, AFP/Getty Images)

A United Nations photo shows a woman carrying a baby as people are transported from Bor to Juba on Dec. 22.
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Statement by the President on South Sudan

In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people.  In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history.

Today, that future is at risk.  South Sudan stands at the precipice.  Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  South Sudan has a choice.  Its leaders can end the violence and work to resolve tensions peacefully and democratically.  Fighting to settle political scores or to destabilize the government must stop immediately.  Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease.  All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbors, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.  South Sudan’s leaders must recognize that compromise with one’s political enemy is difficult; but recovering from unchecked violence and unleashed hatred will prove much harder.

 

Too much blood has been spilled and too many lives have been lost to allow South Sudan’s moment of hope and opportunity to slip from its grasp.  Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, to reaffirm their commitment to peace, to unity, and to a better future for their people.  The United States will remain a steady partner of the South Sudanese people as they seek the security and prosperity they deserve.

 

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The country has been racked by violence for a week after an attempted coup triggered fighting between rival ethnic groups. The violence has killed hundreds and has world leaders worried that a full-blown civil war could ignite in South Sudan. Earlier this week, President Obama dispatched U.S. troops to help protect the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Juba.

 

Contributing: Associated Press

 

Urging Peace In South Sudan

 

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Urging Peace In South Sudan


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by the President on South Sudan

 

Statement by the President on South Sudan

In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people.  In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history.

 

Today, that future is at risk.  South Sudan stands at the precipice.  Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past.

 

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But it doesn’t have to be that way.  South Sudan has a choice.  Its leaders can end the violence and work to resolve tensions peacefully and democratically.  Fighting to settle political scores or to destabilize the government must stop immediately.  Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease.  All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbors, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.  South Sudan’s leaders must recognize that compromise with one’s political enemy is difficult; but recovering from unchecked violence and unleashed hatred will prove much harder.

 

Too much blood has been spilled and too many lives have been lost to allow South Sudan’s moment of hope and opportunity to slip from its grasp.  Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, to reaffirm their commitment to peace, to unity, and to a better future for their people.  The United States will remain a steady partner of the South Sudanese people as they seek the security and prosperity they deserve.

 

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December 20, 2013
07:17 PM EST

 

Reinforcing President Obama’s strong message encouraging South Sudan’s leaders to choose peace, today National Security Advisor Susan Rice recorded an audio message for the people of South Sudan.  In it she reinforces the importance that South Sudan not allow the new country it fought so hard for to be torn apart by violence and suffering.  She again calls on Sudan’s leaders to renounce violence, end the fighting, and commit to peaceful dialogue, and reiterates the United States’ support for a peaceful, democratic, unified South Sudan.

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Hello.  This is Susan Rice, National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama.  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of South Sudan.

 

For the better part of 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside you as you sought your independence and built a new nation.  When the war was at its height, I visited with people across your country—in Marial Bai and Rumbek and Lui.  You told me about how the conflict was affecting your lives and your families.  And, when I was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, I was honored to share your stories with the world and to support your struggle for independence.

 

Then, two years ago, on July 9th, 2011, I was so proud to speak to you on behalf of President Obama and the American people when finally you celebrated your hard-won independence.  I remember so clearly the overwhelming joy and the spirit of unity that day—how you came together as one people to begin building a new nation, founded on your shared democratic values.

 

But the violence we’re seeing now is a grave threat to your young nation.  Continued fighting—and the specter of ethnic violence—could tear apart the nation you so painstakingly knit together.  We know all too well what horrors can occur when irresponsible provocateurs pit tribe against tribe and brother against brother.

 

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We’ve seen the devastation in Bosnia, Rwanda and so close to home in Darfur.  As a longstanding friend of the people of South Sudan, I urge everyone to step back from conflict and instead address your differences through peaceful dialogue.

 

In recent years, you’ve overcome incredible odds and shown the world that you can break the cycle of violence; that through careful and constant work, you can give birth to a new nation that respects the rights of all its peoples.  That’s what you, the South Sudanese people, died for and then so peacefully voted for:  an independent, peaceful and unified nation with a better future.  And that’s the promise that young people and religious leaders and community elders across South Sudan are calling for their leaders to live up to now.

 

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The United States joins these calls for peace.  We urge leaders on all sides to publicly renounce violence, end the fighting, and commit to peaceful dialogue.  Ethnic violence must cease immediately.  Those who have committed acts of violence against civilians must be held accountable.  And those who seek to achieve their goals at the barrel of a gun must understand that international legitimacy and support cannot be gained through conflict.

 

For all those who choose the path of peace and democracy, know that the United States will continue to stand with you, as we have at every step of your journey.  But, I must also be clear:  if a different choice is made, if individuals or groups seek to take or hold power through force, mass violence, or intimidation, the United States will have no choice but to withdraw our traditional, robust support.  Killing will only lead to deprivation and isolation for the people of South Sudan.

 

I know how much you have already endured and how far you have come, but please remember: democracy is always hard work.  Reconciliation always takes time.  You have to keep working at it each and every day through dialogue and compromise.  And the choices you make today will determine the future of your country.  You can choose whether your children will live in a nation of peace and growing prosperity or one scarred by resumed conflict.  As someone who has always stood with you to imagine a better future for you and your families, I ask each of you to make the choice for peace—make the choice for a unified and cohesive South Sudan.  Make this choice for yourselves and your children.  Thank you.

 

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